Hola! Happy Wednesday!
This week I am continuing to run by feel. When I set out last night I didn’t have a specific pace or distance in mind – I just wanted to run between 2 and 5 miles. I ended up doing a 5K loop down to the beach and back.
|AM / PM||MILES||PACE||TEMPERATURE||HUMIDITY|
|7pm||3.1||13:09||84* (feels like 92)||75%|
(^ Yes I am jealous of everyone else in the world talking about their beautiful 60 degree fall runs!)
Although I’m not yet in half marathon training mode, there are a few things I am already starting to do differently in preparation to UNLEASH THE BEAST!
But there are a few modifications I want to make to my routine to help me become a stronger runner this winter. First I am taking a leaf out of Cheryl’s book and I am going to incorporate a cool down walk into all of my runs.
I don’t know about you, but normally I run right up to my front door, rush in the house for a quick stretch and then move on to the 500 other things I need to do. I never really reflect on my run until hours later when I sit down to write my blog post.
By incorporating a cool down walk I can check in and see if any body parts need a little extra rolling/stretching TLC and I can think about what went well/poorly during the run.
I’m also going to start posting my Garmin selfies. Not because I think they are super interesting, BUT I do think the extra accountability will be good for me.
If I don’t post a Garmin pic you can now assume that I either didn’t hit my distance and/or pace goal for the day and call me out on it!
Although I’ve only done two runs so far since Portland on October 5th, I have been really happy with how quickly I’ve recovered from the marathon. I wasn’t really sure what to expect… especially after my incredibly stupid decision to take the red eye home.
When I initially stepped off the plane and started walking up the ramp to the airport I actually broke down into tears. I could barely bend my SUPER STIFF legs to make them move. At that point I thought it might be weeks before I could run again!
It’s actually pretty amazing how fast the body goes to work repairing itself!
…. and how quickly the mind forgets all the uncomfortable things that happened and is like “let’s run another marathon again soon!”
I think I just have marathon fever after reading all of the exciting Chicago recaps! If you haven’t yet, go check out Lauren’s recap — she ran a personal best of 3:06!!!!!
Do you use any running networks like Strava or Garmin Connect to share your stats with your friends?